In the Chambers Global Guide in its 2021 Edition recognized Dr. Kariuki Muigua as one of the top arbitrators in Kenya based on recommendations of in-house counsel, other third-party experts and private practice lawyers.
Chambers Global Guide notes that "Kariuki Muigua has an astute understanding of arbitration and is respected for litigation that touches on commercial, constitutional and environmental law."
One of the market insiders quoted by the Guide said that Dr. Kariuki Muigua is "at the forefront of arbitration and has written a number of books on arbitration referred to by courts and judges." He is also noted to be "very active in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators."
Previously, Chambers Global Guide said that Dr. Muigua is 'a highly respected arbitrator and mediator with a sterling background in commercial and constitutional cases, as well as matters relating to the environment and natural resources."
It added that Kariuki Muigua "is held in high regard by market commentators for his role in the Kenyan arbitration sphere. He possesses stellar experience in commercial and constitutional disputes, as well as environmental matters and those relating to the extractive industries."
Dr. David Kariuki Muigua is a distinguished and highly regarded Arbitrator and an accomplished Mediator with widespread training and experience in both international and national commercial arbitration and mediation.
He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)-Kenya chapter and a Chartered Arbitrator. He has served as the Branch Chairman of CIArb)-Kenya from 2012 to 2015 and is currently CIArb African Trustee since 2019.
Dr. Muigua is also an acclaimed Law Scholar and a holder of a Ph.D in law from the University of Nairobi and teaches law at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. He is widely published in the areas of ADR and access to justice, environment and natural resources.
Dr. Muigua attributes his high ranking to his continued focus on ADR. "I am humbled by the ranking for the fourth year running as it celebrates my ADR practice area passion and my scholarly pursuits," said Dr Muigua told The Lawyer.
Muigua is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya of over 30 years standing and his firm, Kariuki Muigua & Co. Advocates, is a leading commercial law firm in Kenya that specializes in environmental law and natural resources research and practice, ADR, constitutional law and commercial law litigation.
Dr. Kariuki Muigua is a Member of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA) Panels of Domestic Mediators, Domestic Arbitrators and International Arbitrators and Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) International Panel of Arbitrators.
He has served as Member of Meditation Accreditation Committee, Panel of Mediators Accredited for Commercial Mediation (The Judiciary, Kenya) and is currently a member of the National Steering Committee for formulation of the ADR Policy appointed by the Attorney General of Kenya on 27th January 2020.
Dr. Muigua has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)- Kenya, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA) on dozens of occasions to arbitrate as a sole arbitrator and a member of arbitral tribunals in arbitrations involving commercial disputes.
Recently, in August 2020, Dr Kariuki Muigua was one of the keynote speaker at the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) Convention discussing Kenya and the Singapore Convention on Mediation.